• Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
    Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n admiral any of several brightly colored butterflies
    • n admiral the supreme commander of a fleet; ranks above a vice admiral and below a fleet admiral
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Admiral Sir Charles Saunders Admiral Sir Charles Saunders
Admiral Earl St. Vincent Admiral Earl St. Vincent
Admiral Viscount Nelson Admiral Viscount Nelson
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heavyweight tire manufacturer Goodyear is in no way affiliated with Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. They merely admired his inventiveness and his process that was so easy to duplicate that competitors simply stole it.
    • Admiral (Zoöl) A handsome butterfly (Pyrameis Atalanta) of Europe and America. The larva feeds on nettles.
    • Admiral A naval officer of the highest rank; a naval officer of high rank, of which there are different grades. The chief gradations in rank are admiral vice admiral, and rear admiral. The admiral is the commander in chief of a fleet or of fleets.
    • Admiral The ship which carries the admiral; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet. "Like some mighty admiral , dark and terrible, bearing down upon his antagonist with all his canvas straining to the wind, and all his thunders roaring from his broadsides."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Norfolk, Virginia, a woman can't go out without wearing a corset. (There was a civil-service jobfor men onlycalled a corset inspector). However, in Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
    • n admiral An emir or prince under the sultan; any Saracen ruler or commander.
    • n admiral A naval officer of the highest rank; a commander-in-chief of a fleet. In the United States navy, as in most foreign services, there are three degrees of this rank, viz., admiral, vice-admiral, and rear-admiral. These titles did not exist in the United States till the grade of rear-admiral was created in 1862, that of vice-admiral in 1864, and that of admiral in 1866. An admiral displays his distinguishing flag at the mainmast, a vice-admiral at the foremast, and a rear-admiral at the mizzenmast. In the British navy, admirals were formerly divided into three classes, named, after the colors of their respective flags, admirals of the red, of the white, and of the blue, with vice-admirals and rear-admirals of each flag; but in 1864 this distinction was abolished, and all British men-of-war now display the white ensign.
    • n admiral The recognized chief commander or director of a mercantile fleet, as one of fishing-vessels off Newfoundland or in the North Sea. A royal proclamation in 1708 ordered that the master of the first vessel that entered a harbor or creek in Newfoundland for the fishing season should be admiral thereof, the second vice-admiral, and the third rear-admiral.
    • n admiral The ship which carries the admiral; hence, the most considerable ship of any fleet, as of merchantmen or of fishing-vessels.
    • n admiral A collectors' name for butterflies of the family Papilionidæ, especially the Limenitis camilla, distinguished as white admiral, and the Vanessa atalanta, or red admiral.
    • n admiral A name given by collectors of shells to a univalve shell, the admiral-shell (which see).
    • admiral Carrying an admiral; chief in a fleet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Paul Jones' real name was John Paul. In a letter to Benjamin Franklin, he admitted he'd killed a sailor in the West Indies and changed his name to escape punishment. The "Jones" comes from Mrs. Willie Jones of North Carolina, whom he "admired."
    • n Admiral ad′mir-al the chief commander of a navy—the ancient English title of Lord High Admiral is now in abeyance, his functions falling to the five Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty, and the High Court of Admiralty: a naval officer of the highest rank. In the British navy, admirals are distinguished into three classes—Ad′mirals, Vice′-ad′mirals, and Rear′-ad′mirals; the admiral carrying his colour at the main, the vice-admiral at the fore, and the rear-admiral at the mizzen mast-head. In former times each grade was subdivided into three sections, known as admirals (or vice- or rear-admirals) of the Red, of the White, and of the Blue, respectively: admiral-ship (Milton's ammiral) or flag-ship: the chief ship in a fleet of merchantmen
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  • Bioleau
    “Every fool finds a greater one to admire them.”
  • Nicholas Boileau
    “However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.”
  • Nicholas Boileau
    “A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.”
  • Kitty Kelley
    Kitty Kelley
    “A hero is someone we can admire without apology.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. amiral, admiral, OF. amiral, ultimately fr. Ar. amīr-al-bahr, commander of the sea; Ar. amīr, is commander, al, is the Ar. article, and amīr-al, heard in different titles, was taken as one word. Early forms of the word show confusion with L. admirabilis, admirable, fr. admirari, to admire. It is said to have been introduced into Europe by the Genoese or Venetians, in the 12th or 13th century. Cf. Ameer Emir
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from Ar. amīr, a lord, a chief.


In literature:

I replied that the difficulty would be felt at least as much with the admirals and generals in my own country.
"Before the War" by Viscount Richard Burton Haldane
The woman looked at her with surprise and admiration that were fairly passionate.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The Admiral believed that in the end the smallness of the ships would be no disadvantage.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
Sir Howard admired his favorite, his diffidence and bashful coyness.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
Sir Thomas Seymour, the Protector's brother and the King's uncle, was Lord High Admiral.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
This dream had, in time, been supplanted by one imposed upon her by the ambitions of a much-admired classmate.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
CUMBY, Lieutenant, parody by, upon Admiral Jervis, 373; pretended revenge of Admiral upon, 374.
"Types of Naval Officers" by A. T. Mahan
But the Admiral knew, and ordered that the north should be again observed at dawn.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
What do you admire in Patrick Henry?
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
Renovales admired the tragic atmosphere of the canvas before him.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez

In poetry:

Beauty, royalty, and splendour,
Pomp in all its phases seen,
We admire; but turn with tender,
Deeper, feeling to our Queen.
"Verses Written On The Occasion of The Marriage of Albert Edward" by Janet Hamilton
“’And rosy from thy noonday sleep
Would bear thee to admiring kin,
And all thy pretty looks would keep
My heart within.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Why will Delia thus retire
And idly languish life away?
While the sighing crowds admire,
’Tis too soon for hartshorn tea.
"A Receipt To Cure The Vapours" by Mary Wortley Montagu
The pompous words that fops admire,
May vagrant fancy feast;
But with seraphic harmless fire
Thy Husband's burn the breast.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
While harps unnumbered sound his praise,
In yonder world above;
His saints on earth admire his ways,
And glory in his love.
"The Refuge, River, And Rock Of The Church" by John Newton
Her noble mind delights to rear
In early fortitude, her boy;
That he the voice of God may hear,
With admiration's awful joy!
"The Swan" by William Hayley

In news:

Well, at least you can admire him for that perhaps.
Whatever you think of his record as governor and politician, you have to admire Mike Huckabee's chutzpah and acknowledge his unmatched gifts for propaganda.
There's a fearlessness knit into the very core of David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" that you cannot help but admire, even if the film finally pushes you away.
Ray Ackerman, a retired Navy Rear Admiral, advertising executive and civic leader , died Wednesday morning.
Owens Corning advanced from third to second position in the Building Materials-Glass category of Fortune's 2009 "America's Most Admired Companies" list.
Those of us who are of the land just naturally have to pause to admire the beauty whenever we have an opportunity.
These ladies like red- Ruth Alberghini, left and Stephanie Fugazzi admire a 1934 Ford owned by Jim Wickuss.
Admire the stars, nebulae, and galaxies in the habitats of the Hare and the Dove.
President Obama intends to nominate Vice Admiral Robert J Papp, Jr, as Commandant of the US Coast Guard.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Vice Admiral Papp would relieve Admiral Thad Allen in May 2010.
In a statement released Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter said he admired Reagan's communication skills.
Margaret Fuller very possibly spoke the truth, and the literary men of the age both admired and shied away from her.
One of America's most performed and admired composers, Adams (Nixon in China, Doctor Atomic) helped shape the landscape of contemporary classical music.
He admires him for his research-driven style of investing.
Cate Blanchett has made it clear that she isn't down with plastic surgery, and doesn't admire anyone with it.

In science:

Lest this create the wrong impression, I would like to record here my great admiration for [24, 25], and my gratitude to Fukaya, Oh, Ohta and Ono for the creativity and long labour involved in writing them.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Bourbaki must also be admired by “working mathematicians”.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The admiration we feel towards QM is mixed with surprise: Quantum Physics uses a sophisticated mathematical framework to describe the physical world and the relation between the phenomena we see and the mathematical ob jects used to describe them is never obvious or justified on first principles.
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
The slow progress with the meridian circles and the new photographic technique (the dry plate was invented in 1871) in 1885 led the director of the Paris Observatory, Admiral E.B. Mouchez, to suggest the possibility of a great photographic star chart, which became the Astrographic Catalogue (AC).
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
I feel a profound admiration for the very brave people trying to access a fusion dynamics at the level of the pico-barn cross sections.
Heavy Ion Dynamics and Neutron Stars